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Viet Nam

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Hanoi

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Explore Viet Nam

The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is famous for its French colonial past and coastal tourist destinations. It underwent economic reform in the 1980s and is fast becoming a major manufacturing centre and information technology hub. The U.S. is currently Viet Nam's main trading partner.

Discover Hanoi

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It would not be an exaggeration to say that Hanoi is an incredibly hospitable place, despite being the second largest city in Viet Nam. This is why visitors are often told to prepare themselves for sudden greetings from strangers, even when simply walking through Hanoi’s streets. The city is also coloured by a unique blend of French and Sino-Vietnamese architecture, which is especially evident in its colonial Old Quarter. All this, in an environment of more than 3,000 square kilometres that buzzes with energy, history and–as expected of a busy area–traffic.

Things to do in Hanoi

Bún bò Huế

Bún bò Huế
Bún bò Huế

Bún bò Huế

To Eat

Bún bò Huế is the product of marrying the stock of beef and pork bones with rice vermicelli. It gains a large part of its flavour from lemongrass, and is also delineated by a fine balance between sour, spicy, sweet and salty notes. Its name is a tribute to Hue, the Vietnamese Imperial City from which it originates.

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Ca trù Hanoi Club

Ca trù Hanoi Club
Ca trù Hanoi Club

Ca trù Hanoi Club

To Do

If the performing arts pique your interest, the Ca trù Hanoi Club is an attraction that you will thoroughly enjoy. Showcasing the traditional and peaceful Vietnamese art form that is Ca trù, this club hosts performances on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights in a restored ancient complex on Hang Bac Street. And yes, English translations of performed pieces are provided.

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Bánh cuốn

Bánh cuốn
Bánh cuốn

Bánh cuốn

To Eat

Bánh cuốn—which literally means ‘rolling cake’—is a Vietnamese dish that best captures the wonders of steamed delicacies. Just imagine chewing on juicy minced pork and mushrooms that are wrapped in a delicate rice flour crepe and seasoned with fish sauce, salt and pepper. Its flavours are further enhanced with nước chấm, a Vietnamese fish sauce created specifically for dipping.

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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

To Do

Water puppetry is a unique Vietnamese art form that continues to entertain people today despite having been born centuries ago. It commonly revolves around Vietnam’s folklore, the daily life of locals or stories of communal activities. Performances in the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are especially famous due to the fact that they have been staged worldwide since the 1990s.

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Bún chả

Bún chả
Bún chả

Bún chả

To Eat

Bún chả is a dish from Hanoi that is often said to rival phở in terms of popularity amongst locals in Vietnam, and understandably so. Its rich taste of grilled pork blends seamlessly with the flavour of herbs and rice noodles, creating a delight that is best accompanied by a dip that is made of fish sauce, vinegar and other ingredients.

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral

St. Joseph’s Cathedral
St. Joseph’s Cathedral

St. Joseph’s Cathedral

To See

Built in 1886 by French colonists, St.Joseph’s Cathedral stands out in Hanoi’s cityscape due to its neo-gothic architecture. It was crafted in the image of cathedrals in Paris, and features two bell towers with a height of 31.5 metres each. These towers are reputed for the intricate designs of their stained-glass windows. The church is a place of worship for Hanoi’s Roman Catholic community.

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Golden Bell Show

Golden Bell Show
Golden Bell Show

Golden Bell Show

To Do

The Golden Bell Show is an especially perfect treat for those who are exploring Hanoi and Vietnam with time constraints. It gives an overview of the country’s folk art scene, and also helps audiences to better understand Vietnam’s culture. All of this is done within an hour or so in one of Vietnam’s most historic sites: The Golden Bell Theater.

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